by Texas Homesteader
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Most people know that chickens slow down their egg production in the winter months. So I’m trying to preserve the more-than-we-can-use quantity of eggs I’m blessed with now for those leaner times. I’ve written before about preserving the eggs from our pastured flock by making a large batch of breakfast burritos and freezing them. They make a quick grab-n-eat meal before church so your stomach isn’t rumbling so loudly the sermon can’t be heard!
But you can only eat so many breakfast burritos. So I began looking for other ways to preserve those precious eggs so that none would go to waste.
I know you can’t freeze eggs in their shell but I found that they freeze very well out of the shell. Here’s what I did:
I took out a single egg, cracked it into a bowl and mixed it up with a fork. Then I poured that single egg into a silicone muffin baking pan. I didn’t add anything additional – no milk, no seasoning. Just egg.
Planning To Easily Remove Frozen Eggs
I repeated the procedure six times to fill up the muffin pan. Then I placed my pan on a small baking sheet to support it and set it in the freezer to allow it to freeze overnight. The next morning I brought out the muffin pan and popped the frozen egg disks out of the pan.
The large size of the muffin cups makes for a nice thin disk that will thaw quickly when needed. And the flexibility of the silicone pan helps make popping out the frozen disks an easy thing to do. I found these *muffin pans on Amazon very inexpensively and they’re SO HANDY!
Labeling Frozen Contents
Once they were all popped out of the muffin pan I froze them in a repurposed bread bag. And that bag was further enclosed in a sturdy freezer bag.
Now you all know that when things hit the freezer it’s often impossible to tell that frozen chunk of food is. This is where my double-bag freezing system shines. Not only does it doubly-protect against freezer burn but the area between the two bags gives me a space to slip in a piece of paper documenting what’s enclosed. The paper indicates that each disk is 1 egg. But ya know, I do this for everything that hits my freezer, and yes I think I’m clever – LOL!
Using My Previously-Frozen Eggs
When I need to cook with them I know each disk is one egg. I simply bring out the number of eggs I need for my recipe, pop them into a bowl and allow them to thaw in the fridge overnight. It’s preferable to be able to plan ahead for them to thaw in the fridge but if I need it quicker I can pull out the number of eggs I need and place them in a bowl set on the counter for a short amount of time to allow them to thaw.
Since these eggs were frozen VERY fresh, a short time to thaw on the counter shouldn’t be a problem. But of course you don’t want to leave them out too long – food safety is important! The thin disk size frozen from my large muffin pan thaws pretty quickly so I’ve never had a problem. But a thicker chunk of frozen egg would take longer to thaw. So please use caution & plan ahead.
So there ya go – if you find yourself with more eggs than you can eat fresh or there’s an amazing sale on eggs that you just can’t pass up – save a few bucks by preserving them for later!
Other Kitchen Homestead Hacks
- Paper Napkins In A Paperless Kitchen
- Easy Reminder For Kitchen Stove
- Make Your Slow Cooker More Efficient
- No Cooking Fat Down The Drain
- Labeling A Glass Jar
- Cleaning A Narrow-Neck Jar
- Keep That Broccoli Fresh
- Don’t Waste Onion Trimmings
- Heat-Free Way to Peel Tomatoes
- Cleaner Vegetable Chopping
- Quick Baking Measurement Reminder System
- Easily Separating Cream From Milk
- Using Frozen Water Bottles In The Kitchen
- Don’t Waste It – Free Vegetable Broth
- Easier Deviled Eggs – No Mess!
- MYO Crispy Taco Shells CHEAP
- Tame Kitchen Appliance Cords
- Save Your Fingernails When Cleaning
- Expand Your Muffin Tin Capacity With Canning-Jar Rings
- Use ALL Of Your Spray Cleaner
- Quick Coffee Stain Cleaning
- Repurposing Mesh Bags For Scrubbers
- Cute Windowsill Container For Herb Cuttings
- …and many MORE!
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